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Bond & Lillard Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett2 Comments

Distilled and bottled and at the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged a minimum of seven years in timber warehouses and is charcoal filtered. This filtration process simulates the aeration process that happens in the barrel, converting more aggressive congeners to esters that end in more elegant top notes. The result is a lighter colored and flavored bourbon with more floral notes. Bond & Lillard

Bond & Lillard Bourbon

  • DISTILLER: Released by Campari America with barrels sourced from the Wild Turkey Distillery
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed but since it’s sourced from Wild Turkey we assume it’s likely 75% Corn  | 13% Rye |  12% Malted Barley
  • AGE: Minimum of 7 years
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 100 (50% ABV)
  • MSRP: $49.99 for 375ml
  • BUY ONLINE: Coming Soon!
NOSE: Vanilla Cream  | Green Apples  | Orange Zest

TASTE: Green Apple  | Baking Spices  |  Toasted Oak  | Hint of Mint

FINISH: The finish has that familiar Wild Turkey dry, tannic oak mingled with spices – more peppery than cinnamon. It’s not long but does regroup with a nice slow burn in your chest that managed to surge a few times. (That’s a good thing in my book.)

SHARE WITH: This is a solid bourbon to share with just about anyone. It drinks lighter than it’s stated 100 proof and has a well-balanced profile that most will enjoy.

WORTH THE PRICE: The MSRP of $49.99 seems right on until you remember that it’s only for a 375ml bottle – not a standard 750ml bottle. I asked Campari why they were releasing this as a 375ml and they told me “The Bond & Lillard and Old Ripy 375ml bottles are a nod to pre-Prohibition. Bottle sizes were not standardized then, and smaller format bottles were frequently sold.”

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Despite my feelings on the 375ml bottle, if you’re a serious bourbon drinker it’s worth getting a bottle to try and share with friends who share your love of bourbon. At almost $50 per 375ml it probably won’t become anyone’s everyday drinker, but then again, that doesn’t appear to be Campari’s goal with this one or any other release in the Whiskey Barons Collection.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this bourbon. It has a beautiful nose and a well-balanced taste/finish. Its profile is different enough from other Wild Turkey distilled whiskey to make it worth your effort to check it out if the price doesn’t dissuade you from buying a bottle. As for me, I’ll get a bottle for my home collection and enjoy it with friends. Campari is doing nothing new by taking advantage of a hot whiskey market by introducing some fancy retro brand labels but I wish they would have been a little more conservative on their pricing. But hey, at least they’re not slinging BS about finding these whiskey stocks sitting in an old abandoned warehouse.

You can read more about the origins of the Whiskey Barons Collection via this post on our site.

Learn more about Pop’s whiskey preferences and check out more of his reviews…

Disclaimer: Campari America provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.


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    Without question one of the worst Whiskey I’ve ever had, the only flavor I pulled out of it was grain alcohol

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    Not really sure on the previous comment, I’ve had some bad whiskey/bourbon in my time….this was defiantly not one of them. I liked it so much I literally just returned from the store with a case of it. Last Friday it was on sale so I bought two bottles, gave one to my business partner, took the other home to relax & toast to the end of the week. I was telling a friend of mine about it and said, “I think it’s made from the tears of mermaids when they laugh”… yes, it’s just that good….I truly enjoy a good bourbon and sometimes much to the irritation of my wife I have to buy new bottles from a collection when something new pops up. Sometimes I grab a winner….sometimes not so much & the bottle sits and gathers dust. This was truly an enjoyable surprise and I will enjoy passing these out to a few special clients and set the rest aside for special occasions. Even at the sale price it would be an expensive daily drinker (at least for me) but the sweet notes are there, and even if you drink it neat you are hard pressed to notice the “heat” that would come from a typical 50 proof bourbon. If you find a bottle on sale it is worth grabbing….at full price?….maybe just to say you did it once.

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